Beginning in February 2020, data analysts embedded in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) of the Chicago Fire Department (CFD) worked on a variety of initiatives in line with the priorities of the department in an effort to improve EMS services offered to the community. The dissemination of vital data to CFD, the Mayor’s Office, the city’s Department of Public Health, and other city and state agencies supported better health outcomes.
Brookings Institution Commentary: Making the invisible epidemic visible
Using new data from a large urban trauma center in Chicago, we document substantial under-reporting of domestic violence at the time of receiving medical care.
Video about the Narcotics Arrest Diversion Program
This video provides an overview of the Crime Lab’s evaluation of the Narcotics Arrest Diversion Program, a program implemented by the community behavioral health provider Thresholds.
NADP Research Brief
Research Brief for the Narcotics Arrest Diversion Program.
Press Release: IDOC Announces Comprehensive College Education in Prison Policy
One of the most comprehensive studies examined patient data and EMS responses to opioid overdose calls. Tracking the volume and location of opioid overdoses gave city officials a more accurate picture of where opioid overdoses were rising.
In March 2020, the Crime Lab created the COVID dashboard to help quantify the strain the COVID pandemic put on the EMS system and to track the spread of the pandemic throughout the city. The data provided through the dashboard resulted in CFD leadership adopting new policies that led to more efficient hospital bed space and more effective tracking of overall patient transmission rates during the height of the pandemic.
The Crime Lab also identified high-risk locations for the spread of COVID-19, created a Medical Examiners dashboard for COVID-related deaths and created other data-tracking mechanisms to assist with COVID responses.